In North Carolina, an Atheist Will Run for Congress in 2012

You may remember Cecil Bothwell, the atheist who won an election to become city councilperson in Asheville, North Carolina. When he ran, his atheism was used against him by his opponents. Despite that, he won the race… but that didn’t stop opponents from claiming atheists couldn’t serve in elected office because it was unconstitutional. Rachel [Read More...]

Non-Serious Catholics Are More Tolerant Than You Think

by Jesse Galef – You love data, right? Of course you do, how silly of me. Everyone loves sifting through survey data. Well, the Public Religion Research Institute released a fascinating survey last week on the political views of Catholic Americans. One finding getting attention is that Catholics are particularly likely to support marriage equality: [Read More...]

You Can Defame Religions All You Want

For over a decade, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference has fought to make “defamation of religion” a crime. They wanted to punish you for blaspheming God, Allah, Islam, or a whole host of other religious beliefs some group holds sacred. We already know how much chaos ensued over cartoons featuring Muhammad. So much for [Read More...]

God Is Not Speaking to Glenn Beck

I haven’t seen too many episodes of Cenk Uygur‘s MSNBC show, but maybe I need to start watching. There are other media personalities who will call out Glenn Beck, but very few who do so on religious grounds: All you have to do is claim that God spoke to you and you can say or [Read More...]

Tide Goes In, Tide Goes Out…

Remember when American Atheists President Dave Silverman appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss an atheist billboard…? The most memorable part of the interview was this exchange (at the 1:51 mark): O’Reilly: I’ll tell you why [religion's] not a scam. In my opinion, all right? Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You [Read More...]